Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

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Preface

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p. vii

“What kind of bug is this?” As an entomologist and teacher, I often hear this question. Typically, I respond with a common name like “mud dauber wasp” and, if the questioner seems truly interested, a somewhat more detailed description of the specimen’s physical characteristics and biology...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

As humans, we tend to categorize objects and ideas into logical groups. Classification schemes can be based on use, size, color, shape, or a myriad of other methods. In my workshop...

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How to Use This Book

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pp. 17-30

This book was designed to help you identify groups of insects using three criteria: picture identification, common physical traits, and the biology and ecology of the group...

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Arthropods

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p. 31

Arthropoda is the largest and most diverse phylum in the animal kingdom with an estimated 6 million species worldwide. These generally small creatures have a hard exoskeleton made of chitin...

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Arachnids

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pp. 32-39

This large group includes the very common and well-known spiders, scorpions, harvestmen, mites, and ticks. Some less common and infrequently observed...

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Crustaceans

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p. 40

Crustacea is a large group of about thirty thousand to fifty thousand species worldwide that live primarily in marine environments. However, several species live in fresh water, and a few are...

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Millipedes

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p. 41

Millipedes live under rocks and debris during the day and venture out at night to scavenge on dead plant materials. These slow-moving creatures are easily recognized...

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Centipedes

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p. 42

Centipedes are long, slender, flattened arthropods that are generally found outside under ground litter and other damp places. They possess a distinctive...

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Insects

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pp. 43-197

Insects are the largest group of living organisms on earth. Estimates range from seven hundred thousand to over 30 million species, most of which have not been described...

Glossary

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pp. 199-201

Index

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pp. 203-215